Representatives of research institutions from all across the state are gathering at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort near Austin for the first ever Texas Research Summit. It’s part of an effort to help Texas universities better compete for scarce federal funding.
Gordon England is a member of the board of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) which is organizing the summit. The former navy secretary says that when people think of the engines of the Texas economy, they’re likely to focus on energy, or perhaps agriculture or ports.
“But even those areas of our economy, the underpinning is technology, and of course you get outside those sectors,” England said. “And it’s medicine, and it’s aerospace, and it’s all sorts of technology in the state of Texas.”
The research to develop that technology can cost millions, even billions of dollars. Most of the funding comes from federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation.“But even those areas of our economy, the underpinning is technology, and of course you get outside those sectors,” England said. “And it’s medicine, and it’s aerospace, and it’s all sorts of technology in the state of Texas.”
“Texas competes with all the other states in the union,” England said. “And of course very large in terms of competitors are places like California [and the] Boston area, you know, places where they have large university systems.”
Representatives of all the key grant makers are attending the summit at Lost Pines. England says it will give Texas researchers get a better sense of the agencies’ priorities and interests, as well as giving those agencies a better sense of the work going on in the Lone Star State.
Editor’s Note: This story has been changed from an earlier version. Due to incorrect information from a source, Gordon England was misidentified as chair of the board. He is in fact a member. We regret the error.